CORNING - In this season of giving, the Corning Rotary Club remembers our global neighbors in need, donating $11,500 so far to various national and international disaster relief efforts.
Paula Smith, a Corning Rotary Club spokesman, said of that amount, $1,500 was allotted to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, which ravaged Texas, primarily in the Houston area.
Another $1,500 was allocated to relief efforts for hurricanes Irma and Maria, which caused severe damage in a number of countries and territories, including Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, the British Virgin Islands, Cuba, Dominica, the Dominican Republic, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Martinique, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Martin, Sint Maarten, Turks and Caicos, and the US Virgin Islands.
Smith said a nod to our neighboring country of Mexico, $500 was given to assist relief efforts resulting from the earthquake there, and $8,000 went to alleviate the suffering in Puerto Rico.
The donation to Puerto Rico was made possible in part through the fundraising efforts of the Southern Tier Indian Cultural Association, which held a “Discover India” fundraiser, with proceeds going toward disaster relief efforts through the Corning Rotary Club.
Smith said the event drew more than 300 people and raised $7,000. Chandra Mangalagiri and Ketan Maisuria presented the donation on behalf of STICA to Corning Rotary Club President Ted Goldwyn.
Rotary brings together a global network of volunteer leaders dedicated to tackling the world's most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.2 million members of more than 34,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas.